Meir Park was named after Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. It is located on an area donated by the Chelouche family for this purpose. The municipality planned to erect the park in honor of Dizengoff's 70th birthday, but its construction was not simple and it was delayed until shortly before he died, Dizengoff demanded angrily not to tie his name to this garden. Finally, more than a decade later and years after the man's death, the garden was inaugurated in 1944.
In 2004 a tradition was started in the Meir Park, of neighborhood childhood games being played at night. The participants, adults aged 20 and over, playing games from their childhood, such as dodgeball, hide and seek, and an Israeli game called "salty fish."
It was a rape and murder that horrified young Tel Aviv. It began in the summer of 1946, when two young people, Daniel Factory and Naomi Stein, met in Meir Park. The two discovered a few weeks earlier that they were half-brothers.
Suddenly, a stranger named David Jakubowicz approaches the two. He hit Daniel Factory with a stick on his head and raped Naomi, as it turned out that he had often done in the past. The dying Daniel managed to reach his mother's nearby house, where he collapsed. All night he was dying in the hospital and the next day he past away.
The odd thing is that Jakubowicz, a Greek Christian from Cyprus, whose name was actually Christos Nicolaides, who was only posing as Jewish, was one of those who reported to the police about "the young woman who was raped and found in the park." When it became clear that he had lied about his identity, he was suspected, and finally identified by Naomi. In the trial, which instigated the entire city, Jakubowicz was convicted of murder and rape and sentenced to death. This was the first time that an Israeli judge sentenced such a punishment.
The affair awoke international resonance, as the murderer arrived in Israel as part of his service in the British army and pretended to be Jewish.
However, the sentence was not carried out. The Supreme Court ruled that since Jakubowicz had killed Daniel Factory to prevent the latter from interfering with the rape, he did not murder him but killed him. Thus, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jakubowicz was released from prison ten years later.
Due to the rape and murder in Meir Park, the garden's reputation was severely damaged. For years, Tel Aviv residents were afraid to go through the garden at night and what was a corner of happiness became a threatening shadow of terror.